Updated October 16, 2015
It's that time of year again. Flu season. Here are some quick flu facts and tips.
Timing of the flu season varies from year to year. It commonly peaks in the US in January and February, but can start as early as October and go through May (via Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
The flu virus spreads similarly the spreading of the cold virus. Practice good hygiene to prevent spreading of the virus.
Flu symptoms of are fever, headache, body ache, dry cough and sore throat. It’s like a cold, but much worse. It also may take up to 2 weeks for you to feel better.
People often use the term "flu" to describe any kind of illness, such as a cold or a stomach virus that has symptoms like the flu. But the real flu is different.
Get vaccinated. The CDC recommends that all people who are older than 6 months old get a flu shot as soon as the vaccines are available.
It’s especially important for the following people get the vaccine:
- People (especially children under the age of 5) who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, immune deficiency and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant women
- People age 65 years and older
- People who live with or care for those who have chronic medical conditions
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Most people recover from the flu without any complications. They need to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take medicine to lower the fever.
Antibiotics cannot treat the virus that causes the flu, though there are antiviral medications that can reduce symptoms.
If you're a Fallon member and need to pay up-front for your flu shot, we will reimburse you. Follow this link for instructions on how to get reimbursed.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Blogged by Katie Crommett
Reviewed by Patricia McHugh, R.N.